What is a Retirement Community?
A retirement community is a structurally designed building, housing, or community intended for seniors ages 55 and over. The name “Retirement” community came from “retired” seniors living in the community. Retirement communities are otherwise called as Senior Housing, Senior Apartments, Retirement housing, Retirement Homes, and Independent Living Facility.
A typical Independent Living Facility does not provide seniors assistance for their activities of daily living. The senior residents living in this community are healthy and living independently. Though some Retirement communities provide services to the senior resident such as laundry and housekeeping, there are no custodial nor health services provided to senior in the community.
Retirement Communities offer active seniors most flexibility and perform many functions. While you find Senior Apartments just apartment complexes and buildings for seniors, Independent Living Facility, on the other hand, provides meals, transportation, and activities all included in their monthly rent. The local transportation provided by Independent Living Facility includes taking the senior resident to and from doctor’s appointments, going shopping at the mall, taking them to do their banking and more. Independent Living Facility offers comforts of home: full-size kitchen or kitchenette, individually controlled Heat and A/C, spacious walk-in closet, private patio, cable TV and utilities included and safety grab bars in the bathroom. Independent Living offers full-service formal dining room. Private dining room is available for momentous occasions. The amenities in retirement communities include washer and dryer, on-site beauty salon, and fitness center. Beautifully landscaped gardens and courtyards serve as an inspiration to the senior.
Who are suitable for Retirement Communities?
The ideal candidate for such senior housing is an active, healthy, highly independent senior who are able to self-care and is quite self-sufficient. This dynamic senior desires to live independently but not entirely alone unlike at home. Retirement communities allow seniors to live among their peers. That is the beauty of it, to socialize and interact with people their age.
Why choose Retirement Communities?
A senior chooses a Retirement community because of his physical ability and wellness. Only active seniors live in Retirement housing because they are highly capable. Retirement living is doing what the senior enjoys doing. Seniors who want to be relieved from cooking would then want to live in an Independent Living Facility. This community provides meals included in the senior’s monthly rent. In contrast, the senior has to prepare his own meal in a senior apartment. Among all other types of senior housing and care, Retirement homes offer the most economical rate. There is no need for assistance from a third-party agency. Seniors look for quality and affordability in Retirement housing. The cost of senior housing varies from Low, mid-range, to high-end cost. Those subsidized by HUD or charities is an example of low-end cost. High-end rate is where seniors pay through Long Term Care policies or Private Pay from their retirement income or savings. For sure, those that did plan early for their retirement is now enjoying a remarkable and comfortable retirement living.